The Five Mrs. Buchanans

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CBS (ended 1995)

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The Five Mrs. Buchanans

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Welcome to The Five Mrs. Buchanans guide at TV.com. The Five Mrs. Buchanans was the story of four sisters-in-law who had nothing in common except for the dislike of their loathsome, gravel-voiced mother-in-law. "Mother" Emma Buchanan was a divorcee and the matriarch of the Buchanan clan in suburban Mercy, Indiana. Tough and opinionated, she loved her sons, but barely tolerated the women they chose the spend their lives with - often insulting her daughters-in-law right to their faces. Alexandria ("Alex"), who married eldest Buchanan son Roy, was a Jewish New-Yorker, and was a protester when she was young. When she settled down with Roy, she became busy running the local thrift store. Crass, loudmouthed, and class-conscious Vivian married her 32-year-old high school sweetheart, Ed, when she became pregnant with his twin sons. Dim-witted and somewhat trashy Delilah, married Charles, whom she met while he was on a trip to Texas. Delilah now spent her time working at the thrift store with Alex. And new to the Buchanan family was youngest son Jesse's wife -- bouncy, overly-enthusiastic Bree, who once worked at Disneyland (and knows where they're keeping Walt). Roy was a school principal, Ed and Jesse worked together at Ed's construction company, and Charles was a preacher, though the husbands were seldom seen. Despite acclaim from both critics and fans, CBS relegated the Mrs. Buchanans to the dead-zone Saturday night schedule during a bad year for the network, which sealed the fate of the series. Some episodes were pre-empted and bounced around on the schedule between Monday and Wednesday nights. CBS finally canceled the series after they played out the 17 episodes they had ordered. After the show's cancellation, the production team, many of which had previously worked on The Golden Girls/The Golden Palace, went on to make other fondly remembered (but equally short-lived) shows such as The Crew and Some of My Best Friends, as well as (with more lasting power) Half and Half and the recent monster-hit Desperate Housewives (the latter of which has more than a few parallels to this series). Many people have expressed interest in getting episodes of the show on video or DVD. Since masses of series are now getting a DVD releases, go to TV Shows on DVD, register and vote on the show (and any other series you want to see on DVD). Support from TV fans does make a difference in getting the studios to release series on disc.moreless
Harriet Sansom Harris

Harriet Sansom Harris

Vivian Buchanan

Eileen Heckart

Eileen Heckart

"Mother" Emma Buchanan

Beth Broderick

Beth Broderick

Delilah Buchanan

Judith Ivey

Judith Ivey

Alexandria "Alex" Isaacson Buchanan

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross

Bree Larson Buchanan

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Another good show that fell through the cracks

    8.0
    It is really too bad that CBS buried this show on Saturday nights. It had a really strong female ensemble. This was the first time I had seen Harriet Sansom Harris. She's since gone on to memorable stints on Frasier and Desperate Housewives. The show was at its best when the five women were all together. Their husbands were rarely seen, which was a little odd but it worked.

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